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Key Information

Lot number
Sale Price
Make & Model
MGB V8 Roadster
PUD 126L
Dark Red Metallic
Engine Size
3,500 cc
Chassis No.
Engine No.
V5C; due to have a new MOT; various old MOTs; invoices

Full Description

Great car though it was in many respects, you could never really call the MGB fast and it never had the hooligan side that say, an Austin-Healey 3000 did, or an Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV.

The stiff chassis could easily handle more power though, a fact demonstrated by tuner Ken Costello who put a Rover 3.5-litre V8 in his own MGB in 1970, with results that so impressed British Leyland they contracted him to develop a factory-made version which entered production in 1973. Modestly tuned to produce 136bhp and 193lb/ft of torque, it gave the car a 0-60 time of around 8 seconds and a top speed of 125mph.

Because the all-alloy V8 actually weighed 40lbs less than the standard 1.8-litre cast iron engine, the handling was not detrimentally affected and no significant chassis changes were required. However, BL were concerned that it would overshadow other models in their range, most notably the more expensive and less powerful Stag, so it was quietly dropped from the range after just three years by which time 2,591 examples had been sold.

This particular car started out in life as a standard MGB Roadster in March 1973 and lived a perfectly normal life until it was acquired by an aircraft engineer who decided that it could do with a bit more luxury and a lot more poke. As there is precious little documentation with the car the full extent of the modifications are difficult to pin down but the work has clearly been done to a high standard and the main points are that it has been fitted with a tuned Rover 3.5 V8 and a five-speed manual gearbox.

The vendor acquired the car from the Classic & Sportscar Centre in Malton in 2010 where it was advertised at £17,995. The advert stated that the car had only covered 15,000 miles since it was rebuilt, a total which has now only risen to 20,600 miles, and waxed lyrical about how good the car looked and how well it drove. Naturally the current owner found nothing to disagree with (he did buy the car, after all!) and he believes that it remains as good today as it was when he bought it.

We were certainly impressed with the car when we went to see it and can confirm that it is as smart as it looks in the photos. We are pretty sure that you will like it too. Said to drive as well as it looks, it is due to have a fresh MOT in time for the sale.